Saturday Snack: Apple Chips

Chow on 11.05.11
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Okay, now the excitement of Halloween is over. By now your child has probably either eaten all of their candy, or you have managed to make off with their stash. Now it's time to return to healthy eating, well, at least until Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year's Eve.

Of course, just eating an apple is a pretty good snack, but sometimes kids turn their noses up at snacks that they are used to having around all the time. Apple chips are a fun way of getting some fruit and fibre into your child and they are as easy to make as slicing an apple. As the fruit dries out in the oven, the flavour of the apple intensifies and they make a gratifying crunch when you eat them, akin to a potato chip, but without all the oil.

I think most people would normally use cinnamon on top of the apple slices, but I thought I'd give some Chinese five spice a try and they were pretty good. I used empire apples, which are on the tart side, but you could experiment with your favourites, although I'm not sure how well a delicious apple would work. Don't slice the apples too thickly, or they won't get crunchy.

Apple Chips

2 or 3 apples of your choice, sliced thinly
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon or Chinese five spice

1. Cover a baking pan with a piece of parchment paper. Place apple slices on parchment in a single layer.

2. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

3. Bake in a 200F oven for 1 hour. After an hour, loosen the apple slices from the parchment paper so that they don't stick. Return to the oven and bake for another hour or so, until the apple slices have started to curl.

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